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We are in the process of buying a different home.
Our current home is a post war 1 1/2 story (cape cod..ish) in a neighborhood full of the same houses just at slightly different stages of updating. This is a starter home neighborhood that is safe and desirable but we are outgrowing the space. Remodeling is fun (usually) and I am pretty good at it although I am not about to quite my regular job. I am handy and my wife is tolerant.
Each room in our current house looks good on it's own but we lacked a theme or binding element from room to room. I am determined to avoid this mistake on the second house.
The house we are buying is bigger but not too big. It is a 1975 two story with bedrooms above the living/dining/kitchen space. There is a two stall garage on one side with a family room behind the garage. There is a porch running the width of the front with three windows upstairs. It is a typical house in the midwest. I am familiar with the basic styles (cape/colonial/bungalow etc) and this house is lacking any style. But, location is key, the house is solid and the price was right for us to put money into remodeling. It is one of the least expensive houses in the neighborhood so there is room to sink some money into the house and still be able to recoup if we need to sell. The house is in a good school district and we could live there for 10 years without the need to move up. The house has had some updating but nothing major since construction.
We plan to start with bathrooms and move on as time and money allow. This remodel will span years and the work will be done by us. I recognize that I need some sort of "master plan" to guide our remodeling.
We aren't too particular about the styles. We can find many different elements that we like in almost any house style and we aren't looking to turn our 1970's style less house into a faithful reproduction cape or bungalow, etc. We are looking for exterior changes so it would resemble a style and a few interior themes so we don't clash styles.
I am willing to pay a professional for some guidance/vision/expertise. We will have plenty of time for research and developing the details later.
Should we look for an architect, interior designer, Someone other professional? Do we need a professional? What are the potential pay structures for their services?
Any idea what something like this might cost? Any different options to help the Pro do their job more quickly (i.e. save time and money)?
Edited 12/5/2005 10:01 pm ET by mikeberr